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Head of School's Welcome

Welcome to! Whether you are a current parent, a prospective parent or staff person, or a community ally, I hope your visit here is informative. Please contact us about any additional questions you have about our school community and programs. 

The Calgary French & International School (CFIS) is one of the leading independent schools in Canada. Students enjoy enriched academic courses, take part in incredible co-curricular programming, and graduate fluent in three languages. Each student’s unique potential is nurtured within our warm, welcoming community, and we work together to create a dynamic learning environment with each student’s individual learning needs in mind. 

CFIS students’ results on Provincial Achievement Tests, Advanced Placement and Diploma Examinations are well above provincial averages, and are aligned with those of other top schools in the province. What makes CFIS unique is how we enrich our language and academic programming. We are dedicated to encouraging each student to reach his or her full, diverse potential through developing the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally, artistically, and physically.  

Academics and the whole child

Strong academics and robust language programming are the foundation of CFIS, and to that end, a wide range of options is offered to encourage students to explore interests in subject areas they may not have previously experienced. Within CFIS’s French immersion learning environment, the curriculum is taught in French, with the exception of English language arts and Spanish as a third language. CFIS students graduate fully bilingual in French and English and with functional fluency in Spanish.

Developing each student’s potential

A key part of CFIS’s mission is to help students reach their individual and academic potential by individualizing learning. Each student has a student learner profile that outlines a plan to support his or her strengths and areas for growth. Additionally, engaged principals, specialized classroom teachers, learning strategists and library staff, create a low student-to-teacher ratio, which ensures CFIS students receive the attention required to thrive.

An international focus

Tomorrow’s world will require today’s young people to be innovative and creative global citizens. As multilingual learners in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associated School, CFIS students will be confident in their ability to communicate in a variety of languages, which will help them to make a difference in their world. Each one is encouraged to lead advocacy and humanitarian work related to their studies, in their local community and even globally. Through international connections, including travel studies in higher grades, students are taught to effectively and confidently navigate among different cultures, which affords our graduates an exciting range of future options. 

A foundation for life-long success

CFIS graduates are well-prepared for university, finishing Grade 12 with the courses required to pursue post-secondary studies in the fields of their choice. CFIS alumni have moved on to study at French and English universities throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom in a wide-range of disciplines.

I hope you find our website informative and inspiring, and I invite you to tour our Secondary Division to see the Calgary French & International School’s educational philosophy in action and see what sort of student would thrive at CFIS


Mme. Margaret Dorrance
Head of School